St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 763 - August 19 / September 1, 2013

The Orthodox Faith

Chronicle of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church
296 Old Route 21
Carmichaels, Pennsylvania 15320

No. 763
August 19 / September 1, 2013
Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Diocesan Bishop - His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

Parish Priest - Father Rodney Torbic

Phone 724-966-7428
Phone/Fax 724-966-7780
Cellular Phone 412-860-0944

Remember to listen to the parish radio broadcast each Sunday afternoon at 12:15 on WMBS, 590 AM, Uniontown.

Hebrews 11:31

By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.

Recent Services
August 22
Five people came for the Akathist for the Dormition of the Mother of God in Fairmont, W.Va and for class.
August 23
Matins and First Hour were read.
August 25
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Forty people came for Divine Liturgy. Six communicants.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
August 26
Matins and First Hour were read.
August 27
Matins and First Hour were read.
Three people came for the Akathist for the Dormition of the Mother of God.
August 28
Matins Canon was read.
Twelve people came for Divine Liturgy. Three communicants.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers which were read.
August 29
Matins was read.
Akathist for the Dormition was read.
Vespers was read.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Matins and First Hour
Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy with blessing of Slava Kolac’ and Koljivo.

5:30 AM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.

4:00 PM on Wednesday.

3:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs held on request during the week.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, September 1 - St. George Kolo will celebrate the Kolo Slava. Covered dish dinner and program. Plan to attend, participate and help.
September 7 - St. Nikodim Chapel Slava, Diocesan Residence Mars, Pa. Plan to attend.
September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist
September 14 - Ecclesiastical New Year
September 21 - Feast of Nativity of the Mother of God
September 27 - Exaltation of the Honorable Cross
September 30 - Sts. Faith, Hope and Charity and their Mother Sophia, Martyrs.

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia and All Suffering People Everywhere

Parish Life

Stay and honor the Kolo today. The Kolo works earnestly for the church all year.

Church school classes for children will begin on September 22 after the Divine Liturgy.

Plan to enroll your son or daughter in church school classes. Come to Adult Classes.

Congratulations to Nadia Miciotto for again winning a baking award at the Fayette County Fair.

Three people came for Adult Class last week. Class again this week. Note the time change.

Remember the workers of Hatfield Ferry Power plant whose jobs are in jeopardy as well as the other jobs jeopardized by the intended plant closing.

Remember the workers in the mines, law-enforcement, corrections, probation and parole, firefighters, all working in dangerous occupations.

Remember the men and women serving in the military and their families.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, the homebound, the mentally ill, their caretakers and institution staffs.

Make sure you have an Orthodox Study Bible in your home. Read it regularly.

Make sure you have an icon of your Slava (patronal saint/feast) in your home.

Bring a friend or relative to church when you come.

Be attentive to the calendar of the Church each day and benefit from it.

If you need prayers for particular needs or want your home blessed, ask the priest.

From the Holy Apostle Paul to the Corinthians (I Cor. 16:13-14)

Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong. Let all your things be done with charity.

Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois

To Consider

The joy of being a Christian.
The enduring love of God.
The appreciation of being forgiven.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

August 23 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
August 23-24 - Went to Monastery of the Most Holy Mother of God, Shadeland, Springboro, Pa. for Federation KSS Slava. Served Divine Liturgy with Blessing of Slava Kolac’ and Koljivo.
August 24 - Went to Ruby Memorial Hospital, Fairmont, W.Va. to visit a patient.
August 26 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars, Pa. and to the funeral of +Samuel Simo Backo in Hermitage,Pa.
August 26 and 28 - Went to Ruby Memorial Hospital, Fairmont, W.Va. to visit a patient.

A Thought from Very Rev. Stavrofor Vojislav Dosenovich

There is no question whatsoever that every human being, as an erupting volcano, is in constant need of forgiveness. We find the prayer of forgiveness to be among the last ones in the service for the deceased. Here we condition our forgiveness ourselves, with our personal forgiveness. As you can see forgiveness demands subject and object where the action is related to both! It cannot be acted or understood without “WE.” Unless I forgive, I will not be forgiven. Where forgiveness reigns revenge and war are absent.

( Spiritual Reminder. P. 99 )

The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 17:14-23

And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to Him, and saying, Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for oft times he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. And I brought him to Thy disciples, and they could not cure him. Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to Me. And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said unto them, The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men: And they shall kill him, and the third day He shall be raised again. And they were exceeding sorry.

The value of prayer and fasting is expressed very clearly by the Lord Jesus Christ in the present Gospel. Prayer and fasting are influential in the healing process. Strong faith is an essential companion of prayer and fasting.

Believers are expected to heed the words of the Lord Jesus Christ when hearing the present Gospel message and each Gospel message. Jesus emphasized the need for strong faith in this Gospel.

Jesus stated clearly that strong faith was capable of moving mountains. Believers have the benefit of hearing the present Gospel and acting on it. Believers have the ability to realize the joyful experiences of strong faith

Too often individuals fail to exercise seriousness of faith. Too often individuals do not use each day as moments to draw closer to God. Too often being lackadaisical in faith is the norm until a crisis occurs.

Drawing closer to God and ways pleasing to God involves acting on deep faith in God. Acting firmly in faith enables believers to greatly experience the life God makes available for each person.

The Holy Apostle Peter, James and John were with Christ when He was transfigured on Mt. Tabor. The Holy Apostles saw Christ in the rarest of historical moments. (Mt. 17:1-2) Their lives were enriched by their presence with Christ.

The Holy Apostles were enriched when their personally experienced the Risen Christ. Individuals today and each day are able to experience rare and fulfilling experiences in Christ when choosing to act strongly in faith.

Fanaticism is not necessary in following Christ. Drawing near to Christ in faith and love makes a deciding difference in each person’s life. Constant repentance and the seeking of God’s forgiveness make a decided difference.

Christians experience Christ to the extent they draw near to Christ and by the measure they adhere to the teachings of Christ. The present Gospel and each Gospel have value to the degree they become a part of our daily lives.

Each time the Gospel is read and heard by believers, believers have a direct responsibility to incorporate the message into their personal lives. Believers deny themselves the fullness of the Christian life when not acting resolutely.

Individuals benefit from the full Christian life when they live fully in faith. The degree of faith placed in Christ affects and defines the relationship with Christ. The relationship with Christ affects all other relationships.

Believers are often asked to pray for others. Christ told His disciples their unbelief affected their ability to bring healing to the afflicted man. If Christ’s disciples had a problem with unbelief, where does that leave each of us?

The faith of believers praying for others is only part of the dynamic in the healing process. The faith of the individuals requesting prayers or being prayed for has an important part in the end result. Elder Paisios spoke of praying for others.

Humility is important for all Christians. The importance of humility cannot be emphasized too much. The difference learned in the Gospel of the Pharisee and Publican is a lasting lesson. (Lk. 18:10-14) Pride and humility have their effects.

Elder Paisios said he was often asked to pray for others. He said: “Nothing can make them believe and realize that the basic requirement for God to listen to my prayer is for them to have a humble soul; only then God listens.” 1

Being lukewarm in Christ is not a desirable alternative for the person praying or for individuals being prayed for. Being lukewarm in Christ brings unwelcomed consequences. (Rev. 3:16) The present Gospel message is a valuable lesson for all believers.

The present Gospel speaks about the healing of a person with mental problems. Healings are needed for individuals with all types of ailments. Ailments of the soul need to be of primary concern for believers.

Physical ailments can be the direct result of illness of the soul. Illness of the soul have an impact on bodily functioning. Ailments of the soul influence the mind and the heart as well as other aspects of the body.

Sickness of the soul can lead to depression, despair and worse. Suicide can occur in extreme cases. Sickness of the soul can radically influence eating and drinking habits. Sickness of the soul can lead to abuse of drugs and alcohol.

Faith in Christ results in a change in a person’s disposition. Faith in Christ sets the healing process in motion. Faith in Christ brings wellness to the soul where sickness was once dominant. Strong faith in Christ always makes a difference.

1 Priestmonk Christodoulous. Elder Paisios of the Holy Mountain. Translators include Fr. Nicholas Palis, Father Nikolaos Hatzinikiolaou, and with others. Holy Mountain, 1998, p. 145.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 19 / September 1, 2013
The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Andrew Stratilates, Martyr.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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